Thursday, February 23, 2017

The return of Erasure

photo: Doron Gild
Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have announced details of their 17th album, World Be Gone, out on Mute on May 19.

It is the follow up to 2014’s The Violet Flame, and follows the band’s recent 30th anniversary celebrations.

About the songs, Vince Clarke says, “Obviously the current political climate lends itself to lots of ideas.” Andy Bell continues, “I think there’s an under swell of opinion, and people are slowly waking up. I’m hoping that people will take the album in a positive way, that they’ll use it as optimistic rabble-rousing music.”

Watch the trailer for the new album HERE.

The BRIT and Ivor Novello winning pop duo have released a staggering number of albums, including 5 UK Number 1’s and 17 top 10 singles (35 singles charted in the UK Top 40) and their recent best of, Always, saw Erasure entering the Top 10 album charts once again.

Erasure is special guest on Robbie Williams’ 2017 stadium tour taking place in the summer. Ahead of those dates, Erasure perform three headline shows: May 27 in Glasgow, May 28 in Manchester and May 29 at London’s historic Roundhouse. Full details below.

World Be Gone, written, performed and produced by Erasure and mixed by Matty Green, will be available on CD, ltd edition orange vinyl, regular vinyl & cassette and is available to pre-order now. As a special thank you to fans, everyone who pre-orders the album by 7 April (through the dedicated World Be Gone pre-order site) will get their name included in the album artwork. 500 copies of the album will be signed and all pre-orders give access to the exclusive fan ticket pre-sale for the band’s forthcoming headline shows. Pre-order HERE.

Track listing:

Love You To The Sky
Be Careful What You Wish For!
World Be Gone
A Bitter Parting
Still It's Not Over
Take Me Out Of Myself
Sweet Summer Loving
Oh What A World
Lousy Sum Of Nothing
Just A Little Love

Headline tour dates:

27 May – Glasgow, 02 Academy
28 May – Manchester Albert Hall
29 May – London Roundhouse

Tickets on sale Friday March 3 HERE.

On tour with Robbie Williams:
2 June – UK Manchester, Ethiad Stadium
6 June – UK Southampton, St Mary’s Stadium
9 June – UK Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium
13 June – UK Coventry, Ricoh Stadium
17 June – IRE Dublin, Aviva Stadium
21 June – UK Cardiff, Ethiad Stadium
23 June – UK London, Stadium (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park)
28 June – DE Dusseldorf, Espirit Arena
1 July – FR Paris, AccorHotels Arena
4 July – NL Nijmegen, Goffertpark
8 July – BE Werchter, Festivalpark
11 July – DE Hannover, HDI Arena
14 July – IT Verona, Stadio Bentegodi
19 July – DE Frankfurt, Commerzbank Arena
22 July – DE Munich, Olympiastadion
25 July – DE Berlin, Waldbühne
29 July – SE Stockholm, Tele2 Arena
4 Aug – NO Bergen, Bergenhus Fortress
7 Aug – DK Copenhagen, Telia Parken
10 Aug – FI Tampere, Ratina Stadium
13 Aug – PL Warsaw, PGE Narodowy
16 Aug – LT Vilnius, Vingis Park
19 Aug – CZ Prague, Airport Letnany
23 Aug – HU Budapest, Groupama Arena
26 Aug – AT Vienna, Ernst Happel Stadium
29 Aug – AT Klagenfurt, Wörthersee Stadium
2 Sep – CH Zurich, Letzigrund Stadium
7 Sep – RU St Petersburg, Ledovi Dvorets Palace
10 Sep – RU Moscow, Olympiski

Tickets are on sale now from

Doheny Blues Festival 2017 news

I've had the pleasure of attending this great fest the past couple years (see my reviews elsewhere on this blog) and they've got another impressive crop slated this spring. Here is the latest news... 

Headliners for the 2017 Doheny Blues Festival, held May 20-21 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. have been announced.

Performing will be Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge's "This Is MEmphis Rock & Soul Revue," Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Mavis Staples, John Primer, Bob Corritore & Henry Gray, Moreland & Arbuckle, Robin Trower, JJ Grey & Mofro, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Samantha Fish, Nico Duportal & the West Coast Connection and Adrianna Marie & the Groovecutters.

More to be announced.

For 20 years, the event has created a festival environment with three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, a beachfront venue, microbrews, overnight camping,
an eclectic vendor village and 20,000 music fans throughout the weekend.

There is also a new website with all the details: 
Save up to $50 when you purchase a weekend pass. Advance prices are:
GA $140
VIP $260
Gold $470

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Garbage autobiographical coffee table book release to coincide with summer tour

Garbage's THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE, an autobiographical coffee table book, is due out July 4 via Akashic Books.

Now, for the first time, the band's four members (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig) tell the story of their incredible journey in their own words. The book includes never before seen photographs of the band as well as pieces written by each of the four band members. THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE was written with former Rolling Stone journalist Jason Cohen.

"We were starting to forget what we wanted to remember," said Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. "Twenty two years is a long time to keep track of the magic and the madness."

THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE is available for pre-order now HERE. The limited edition pre-order bundle includes a hardcover copy of the book, a custom-made collectible box, and a 12" vinyl with six never before released live recordings of ballads: "Milk", "You Look So Fine", "Cup of Coffee", "Bleed Like Me", "Beloved Freak", and "Even Though Our Love Is Doomed".

Earlier this month, Garbage announced a co-headline North American tour with Blondie that will kick off on July 5 in Saratoga, CA and wrap on August 12 in Dallas, TX. John Doe & Exene Cervenka will provide support on the first leg of the tour and Deap Vally for the second leg. Tickets for the Rage and Rapture tour are on sale now and available HERE.

Best Coast, Grouplove, others to play Planned Parenthood Benefit in LA next week

A very good cause...

Best Coast has announced "Don't Sit Down: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood," which will take place at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 4. It will feature the following artists:

Best Coast
Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service (DJ Set)
Lili Hayes (DJ Set)
Lovely Bad Things
Nina & Louise of Veruca Salt
The Side Eyes
Wavves (DJ Set)
Special appearance by Liz Phair

Says Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, "Planned Parenthood is a cause I have always cared about so much. They were there for me when I needed them, and I want to be there for them when they need me. It breaks my heart to see what is happening in the world, but it makes me happy to see so many people coming together for change. I hope that this event is able to educate people on the necessity of organizations like Planned Parenthood, and allow them to have a good time in the process. I am so thankful to have been able to rally together an amazing lineup of artists to be involved in this, and I can't wait raise some much needed money for Planned Parenthood together."

Tickets for the show go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 am PST. 100% of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Roger Waters adds to N. American trek

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More new dates have been added to Roger Waters North American Us + Them tour, including a third show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and a second at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

The 54-show tour will feature songs from Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) plus some new songs and solo work. The tour kicks off in May and runs through October of 2017. 

Tickets and VIP packages for most of the newly added dates go on sale beginning Monday, February 27 (see below for exceptions).

Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. This new tour promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

Us + Them marks the artist's first US return since The Wall Live (2010-2013), his sold-out world tour which was seen by more than 4 million fans globally at 219 shows and remains the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.

Tour Dates:

May 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 28 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
May 30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Jun 1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Jun 3 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Jun 4 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Jun 7 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Jun 10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Jun 12 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Jun 14 Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena
Jun 16 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Jun 20 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Jun 21 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Jun 24 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
Jun 27 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center*
Jul 1 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Jul 3 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Jul 6 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Jul 8 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center*
Jul 11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Jul 13 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul 16 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
Jul 18 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Jul 20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Jul 22 Chicago, IL United Center
Jul 23 Chicago, IL United Center
Jul 26 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Jul 29 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Aug 2 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Aug 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Aug 8 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Aug 9 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Aug 13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sep 7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sep 11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sep 12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sep 15 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
Sep 16 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
Sep 19 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Sep 21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Sep 23 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sep 24 Hartford, CT XL Center
Sep 27 Boston, MA TD Garden
Sep 28 Boston, MA TD Garden
Oct 2 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Oct 3 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Oct 6 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
Oct 7 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
Oct 10 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Oct 16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Oct 17 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Oct 22 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Oct 24 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Oct 28 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

*Tickets on sale March 6 for the Jul 8 New Orleans, LA show
*Tickets on sale March 13 for the Jun 27 Los Angeles show

For more information about purchasing tickets, please visit or       

Vanessa Carlton live EP available; tour launched

Vanessa Carlton has release her Earlier Things Live EP  - out now. It is a collection of live versions of earlier work and includes fan favorites such as the Grammy nominated "A Thousand Miles" and "White Houses." Additionally, there is a special duet with John McCauley of the Deer Tick Song "In Our Time." PRESS HERE to purchase album.

On tour now in support of both Earlier Things Live and Liberman Live, which contains live versions of 2015 studio release, Liberman. PRESS HERE for more info.

These two live releases work together to make a whole, and give fans a clear vantage point from which to see the musical evolution of Vanessa Carlton from where she was as a teenager to where she is today as an adult.

Fans were first given a taste of Carlton's musical evolution when the studio version of Liberman was released in 2015 via Dine Alone/Caroline. The songs on the album reflected on Vanessa's current state of mind since moving from NYC to Nashville, marrying husband John McCauley (Deer Tick) and having a baby girl. The simple instrumentation mixed with her wistful vocals and poignant lyrics brought you into her world and showcased a new side to this accomplished songwriter.

Track Listing:

1. Carousel (Live)
2. A Thousand Miles (Live)
3. White Houses (Live)
4. Hear The Bells (Live)
5. In Our Time (Live - Feat John McCauley)
6. Marching Line (Live)

Tour Dates:

Feb 22 Indianapolis, IN @ Schrott Center for the PA
Feb 23 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Feb 24 Chicago, IL @ City Winery - SOLD OUT
Feb 25 Chicago, IL @ SPACE - SOLD OUT
Feb 26 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Feb 28 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
Mar 3 Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
Mar 5 Pawling, NY @ Darly's House Club
Mar 6 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Mar 7 Northampton, MA @ The Iron Horse
Mar 9 Bay Shore, NY @ YMCA Boulton
Mar 10 New York, NY @ City Winery - SOLD OUT
Mar 10 New York, NY @ City Winery
Mar 11 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live - SOLD OUT
Mar 12 Richmond, VA @ Tin Pan
Mar 16 Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
Mar 17 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
Mar 19 Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
Mar 21 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay
Mar 23 San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 24 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mar 25 Austin, TX @ The Parish Room
Mar 30 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Mar 31 St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
Apr 1 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Apr 3 Denver, CO @ The Soiled Dove Underground
Apr 6 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
Apr 7 Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
Apr 8 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 10 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Apr 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
Apr 13 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Sainte Rocke
Apr 14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Apr 15 San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House

Ryan Adams tour starts soon; new album out now

Coming off a sold out performance at the Apollo Theater, Ryan Adams’ new album Prisoner is available now:

The limited edition box set version can be found here: 

Adams just did The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has teamed up with Beats 1 for his own show, The Midnight Wave, which debut at midnight PST on Feb. 19 and airs every other week. To tune in, head on over to Get a sneak peek at what’s in store via this preview clip.

Newly added tour dates, including stops at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Washington D.C.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Greek Theatres (in both Berkeley and Los Angeles) and Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado and more begins Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 9am local time, while general on-sale begins Friday, Feb. 24 at 10am local time except Milwaukee, which will begin at 12pm local time on those pre-sale and general on-sale dates.

Tour Dates:

2/22/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba Records (In-Store Performance)
3/5/17 – Richmond, VA – The National +
3/6/17 – Richmond, VA – The National +
3/8/17 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium +
3/9/17 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center +
3/10/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker Playhouse +
3/12/17 – Tampa, FL – Gasparilla Music Festival
3/14/17 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater +
5/3/17 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
5/7/17 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
5/9/17 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
5/10/17 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ++
5/12/17 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion ++
5/14/17 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/20/17 – Auckland, NZ – Civic Theatre
5/23/17 – Brisbane, AU - The Tivoli
5/26/17 – Melbourne, AU - Margaret Court Arena
5/27/17 – Sydney, AU - Hordern Pavilion
6/1/17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Granada Theater
6/2/17 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
6/3/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
6/18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Eccles Theater
6/20/17 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/22/17 - Calgary, AB - Jubilee
6/23/17 - Edmonton, AB - Jubilee
6/25/17 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall
6/27/17 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theater
6/28/17 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
6/29/17 - Portland, OR - Edgefield
7/6/17 – Castro Daire, PT – Nos Alive
7/7/17 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
7/8/17 – Barcelona, ES – Festival Cruilla
7/29/17 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
7/30/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
8/1/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
8/4/17 – Saint Charles, IA – Hinterland Festival
8/10/17 – Oslo, NO – Oya Fesival
8/17/17 – Brecon, GB – Green Man Festival
9/8/17 - Belfast, IRE - Ulster Hall
9/9/17 - Cork, IRE - Opera House
9/11/17 - Dublin, IRE - Olympia Theater
9/14/17 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
9/15/17 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall
9/17/17 - Gateshead, UK - Sage One
9/18/17 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
9/22/17 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall

+ Phoebe Bridgers supports
++ Jenny Lewis supports